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Save neighborhood for the old timers

Dear Editor:

The following is my letter to the Lift One Neighborhood Master Plan Task Force:

My name is Renee Stark, owner of Unit 1D in the Southpoint.

Although skiing brought us to Aspen more than 40 years ago, it was the summer of 1968 when we coincidentally stayed at the new Southpoint and decided to move our young family here.

We loved riding the long, single chairlift then … and we appreciate the innovations providing us comfort and safety now.

What makes Aspen special is that it has grown tastefully as a tourist town with consideration for the locals who support that philosophy.

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I am totally in favor of the Lift 1 Master Plan, including two world-class hotels, restaurants and other amenities for the visitors who keep Aspen prosperous and vibrant. However, the thoughtless placement of a 52-foot-wide, 31-foot-high faux Swiss chalet in Willoughby Park, directly on Dean Street, would obliterate the view and eliminate the sunshine for 29 owners … many of whom are “old timers” like me. At the end of the day, skiers will congregate at the Skier’s Chalet, as they used to at the bottom of Little Nell.

It seems appropriate to place the ski museum just below the restaurant, next to the original lift, where only steps away they can view the outdoor artifacts and visit the museum.

Please consider my suggestions and preserve Willoughby Park for the neighborhood.

Renee A. Stark

Aspen

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